Definition of 'wax'
Video: pronunciation of 'wax'
Example sentences containing 'wax'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
You can also use shaded wax to pick out details. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Once blown out, you can use the wax as a body oil. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The transport minister has just waxed lyrical on something called'The journey to beauty. Times, Sunday Times (2016)My mother still used sealing wax until the 1960s. Times, Sunday Times (2017)If the spots wax and wane, take a photo with you to show him what they are like at their worst. The Sun (2016)While it may seem like an unnecessary extra step, the make-up pros wax lyrical about it. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Or would 90 minutes discussing the future of America strain his ability to wax lyrical on policy detail? Times, Sunday Times (2016)The sounds waxed and waned with the lights - the brighter they were, the louder the sound. Times, Sunday Times (2017)You have to be careful because they end up getting more and more body parts waxed. Times, Sunday Times (2014)You do need to use a wax or clay to keep it in check. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This problem can be made worse by regular application of oil or waxing. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Both boast interactive zones and lifelike wax figures. The Sun (2014)The list will evolve as the fortunes of the chosen establishments wax and wane. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The waxing moon made it a close business whether we could finish the job. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We are deeply fond of the waxed jacket with removable sheepskin collar. Times, Sunday Times (2010)So who is making the hottest wax? Times, Sunday Times (2013) Strip wax sticks to the skin and can cause major sensitivity and redness. The Sun (2012) Put the wax flakes in the top part and turn the heat down low. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Others have bark so shiny that it looks as if it has been waxed and polished. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Hold it in place with elastic bands and smear with paraffin wax to seal the cuts. The Sun (2012)She tells me that she has a full body wax on a regular basis. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The wax that was used to try to cover up the chips just brushes off. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Place the oils and wax in a double boiler and melt them gently. The Natural Beauty Book - cruelty-free cosmetics to make at home (1991)For the next few hours the conflict would wax and wane. Christianity Today (2000)One cab driver waxed almost lyrical. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Talking of wax, do you have to wax your body hair? The Sun (2011)They are made of natural wax and burn for 80 hours. Times, Sunday Times (2007)A natural wax on the skin means it is ripe. Times, Sunday Times (2008)I once tried a similar'do with a tub of hair wax. The Sun (2015)The workers, growing poorer, looked on and despaired as the wealthy waxed fat. Times, Sunday Times (2015)In reality, we're all as disposable as wax figures. Times, Sunday Times (2013)He leaves a Post-it in the kitchen, telling the cleaner to wax the floor. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Trends of 'wax'
In Common Usage. wax is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage over:
Translations for 'wax'
British English: wax /wæks/ NOUN
Wax is a solid, slightly shiny substance made of fat or oil which is used to make candles and polish.
- American English: wax
- Arabic: شَمْع
- Brazilian Portuguese: cera
- Chinese: 蜡
- Croatian: vosak
- Czech: vosk
- Danish: voks
- Dutch: was stofnaam
- European Spanish: cera
- Finnish: vaha
- French: cire
- German: Wachs
- Greek: κερί
- Italian: cera
- Japanese: 蝋
- Korean: 밀랍
- Norwegian: voks
- Polish: wosk
- European Portuguese: cera
- Romanian: ceară
- Russian: воск
- Spanish: cera
- Swedish: vax
- Thai: ขี้ผึ้ง
- Turkish: balmumu
- Ukrainian: віск
- Vietnamese: sáp ong
British English: wax VERB
If you wax a surface, you put a thin layer of wax onto it, especially in order to polish it.
We'd have long talks while she helped me wax the floor.
Definition of wax from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Study guides for every stage of your learning journey
Whether you're in search of a crossword puzzle, a detailed guide to tying knots, or tips on writing the perfect college essay, Harper Reference has you covered for all your study needs.
13th edition of the Collins Dictionary out now!
Updated with all the very latest new words and senses, this new 13th edition is an unparalleled resource for word lovers, word gamers, and word geeks everywhere. #homeoflivingenglish
We have almost 200 lists of words from topics as varied as types of butterflies, jackets, currencies, vegetables and knots! Amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge!
Meme Ban, Heart Age & Collagin: September’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this September with Robert Groves.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.